Saturday, April 15, 2006

Back to Back 9th Inning Rallies!

My first post of 2006 deals with the late inning comebacks Thursday and Friday evenings. Let's face it. We life-time O's fans have been let down quite a bit over the years. The lunacy and arrogance of the front office in not signing Melvin Mora is just the latest thorn to irritate us.

But you have to love it when late inning comebacks happen back to back. I'll be honest; it looked like Friday's game was over before we got into the bottom of the first inning. Rodrigo's fastball appeared to take a slower path to home plate than my curveball back in Legion ball 25 years ago (LOL). But he got his act together, restored his focus and blew the Angels away for the rest of the game. After briefly getting us excited about his potential, LaTroy Hawkins reverted to form and blew the save, giving up the first home run the Angel player's first ever home run. Ah, but something cool happened in the bottom half of the inning when the new guy came through for us. Ramon Hernandez had no doubt in his mind about the outcome when he connected on the pitch that landed in the second row in left field last night.

Too bad Rodrigo did not get the win. He certainly earned it last night. Congrats to Tim Byrdak for his first victory on what can only be described as a great, but brief performance: one pitch!



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